Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Pandora's Mittens

Pandora's Two Needle Mittens

Pandora is my youngest granddaughter, and the recipient of this pair of mittens. They are incredibly easy to knit and seam.
This pattern fits a child age 3 - 5 years old. To make them to fit a child age 6 - 8, just add more rows of ribbing for the cuff, the stockinette rows after the cuff, and extra rows after the thumb. If the thumb needs to be longer, you can add more rows for the thumb.

Materials: Small amount of worsted weight yarn
Size 4 knitting needles
Yarn needle

*St st: Stockinette stitch - Knit 1 row, purl 1 row.
*Inc. - Knit in the front and back of the same stitch before slipping it off the needle)

Cast on 30 sts loosely.
Row 1 - 8: K1, P1.
Row 9 - 12: Stockinette stitch (K 1 row, P 1 row) ending with a purl row.

Beginning of thumb row. This will look a bit funny for a while but it will work.
Thumb Row 1: P 6, turn. (You will be working on these sts for the thumb. DO NOT FASTEN OFF)
Thumb Rows 2 - 9: St st, turn. (Ending with a purl row)
Thumb Row 10: K 2 tog across. Turn
Thumb Row 11: Purl across. Turn.
Thumb Row 12: Inc in each st across. Turn.
Thumb Rows 13 - 19: St st across. As you go across the last row in knit do not fasten off but continue across the row knitting the unworked stitches that were left when beginning the thumb.

<>Row 20: Knit across the stitches for the mitten and thumb you knitted in the last row and then also knit the stitches for the other side of the mitten. The mitten stitches are now all on one needle.
Rows 21 - 30: St st across each row. Turn.
This next set of rows will decrease the top stitches.
Row 31: K 2 tog, K 12, K 2 tog, K 12, K 2 tog. Turn.
Row 32: P2 tog, P11, P2 tog, P10, P2 tog. Turn.
Row 33: K 2 tog, K 9, K 2 tog, K 9, K 2 tog. Turn
Row 34: P2 tog, P8, P2 tog, P7, P2 tog. Turn.
Row 35: K 2 tog, K 6, K 2 tog, K 6, K 2 tog. Turn
Row 36: P2 tog, P5, P2 tog, P7, P4 tog.

Leaving the stitches on the needle, cut the yarn leaving a tail about 12" - 16" long. Thread the yarn in a yarn needle and weave it through the sts on the knitting needle. Pull the knitting needle out and pull the yarn tight. Now start seaming the side of the mitten with this yarn. When done, fasten off. Cut another piece of yarn and attach to the bottom of the thumb and seam one side, weave the yarn through the top of the thumb and seam down the other side. Fasten off and weave in ends. Now you can turn the mitten right side out and enjoy your creation.

I got the idea for the thumb from a pattern sent to me for a Dulaan mitten but wanted to make them on 2 needles instead of 4 and wanted the thumb to not be quite so wide.